Graduations have a major impact on the graduate and the graduate's family, but they're not the only ones.
Graduation season significantly influences Kirksville's economic growth and as Truman State University and A.T. Still University students invite their families and loved ones to see them walk across the stage, it helps advance the city's economic development.
"They fill up all the hotels in town and sometimes the surrounding towns as well," said Sandra Williams, Executive Director of Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce. "All the restaurants are full; we know that they're going to come to town, stay over night, going to get something to eat in the restaurants, they're going to buy gas and if they have time to shop while they're here. so it's a big impact on our community."
Williams tell us Truman had 1,100 graduates and ATSU will have 176. She contacted Truman officials and one of their graduates brought 24 family members.
ATSU's graduation will be held Saturday morning.